Yes Woman

I am trying to be a Yes Woman this summer (and beyond).

I want to live my life in such a way that I look back and think Damn I had fun! Not in an irresponsible, chaotic way, but in work hard play hard fashion. I want to do the work necessary to ensure the future that I want for myself, but I don’t mind doing it slowly. I still need to talk to more people about this, but I am currently at the conclusion that taking a couple years off between undergrad and med school (or grad school?..) is more than okay, beneficial even. I want to enjoy my time while I am in school, not hermit myself in my room studying for 5 classes and the MCAT and GRE, in between working 2 jobs, 3 internships, volunteering, staying active, and attending various groups meetings. All of those things will get done, but in due time.

We only have one life to life to live.

So why not fill it to the brim with unique experiences, people, and places? Each additional person you have met, place you have visited, and thing you have done adds depth to your perception and alters your perspective. A broader lens enables people to see more of the world in its true light. This world could definitely use a few more open-minded and open-hearted people, so I have been trying to do something new and/or strengthen a new or existing friendship every day. So far it has been going very well!

On Monday, a group of friends (both new and old!) and I went to a trivia night at cute restaurant downtown. The questions were ridiculously hard, so it turned more into a girltalk that lasted for hours. Marvelous.

On Tuesday, I went to a restaurant I had never been to before to catch up with my friend Sarah. And I ordered ginger seitan…… who am I?

On Wednesday, I went to a well-loved 1$ pint night at a local brewery that I had never attended. I met up with a friend and a large group of her friends and ended up having a blast playing various drinking games at table outside.

On Thursday, I made some amazing new friends at an intimate potluck dinner at Megan’s house. There was wine and pasta and basil buttered veggies and carrot cake cookies and hours of conversation ranging from summer camp experiences to the prison industrial complex to the cute guy that works at that coffee shop.

I simply sauteed chopped zucchini and squash on the stove with a few spoonfuls of basil butter and topped it all with crushed pecans and walnuts.

Addie, Megan, Me, Dominique (there were several unpictured fabulous women!)

On Friday, I went back to Delta of Venus with my housemate Kristi,whom I hadnt seen in months, and caught up with her while enjoying some delicious Caribbean food.

On Saturday, I drove to San Francisco and checked out the Gay Pride Festival. It was nuts. People were wearing the most fabulous costumes….or nothing at all! Did you know that New York just approved gay marriage? Nowyado.

I had intended on staying the night and going to the parade this morning, but plans fell through. Pero, c’est la vie. Instead I went home and convinced my other housemate, Chelsea, to check out the Davis Music Festival with me. We only caught the last two bands, but we danced and danced until our legs started to cramp.

Today is all about calculus, cooking, and taking Nina to a new doggy park to socialize.

And to fuel all of these work hard – play hard days….

Whole Grain Blackberry Pecan Muffins

(High fiber & Sugar free!)

Recipe: Makes ~5 muffins

Dry ingredients:

1/2 cup white whole wheat flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 cup NuNaturals baking blend stevia (1/4 cup is for a mildly sweet muffin. You can sub in real sugar in equal quantities to the baking blend stevia!)

1/4 cup chopped pecans (I used roasted & salted)

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/8 tsp salt

Wet ingredients:

1 egg

1/4 cup sour cream

1/2 cup milk

1 tbsp melted butter

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup fresh blackberries

Directions – Preheat the oven to 375. Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Combine all the wet ingredients, except the blubes, in another bowl and mix well. Pour the wet over the dry and gently mix with a spatula. Fold in the blueberries. Divide the batter into a well greased muffin tin. If desired, sprinkle the tops of the batter with a mixture of chopped pecans and sugar, for a crispy sweet topping. Bake for about 20 minutes, until muffins pass the toothpick test.

Delicious

Benefits:

Blackberries * an extremely concentrated source of antioxidants, including polyphenols, tannins and anythocyanins. They are high in fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin K and a source of folate, vitamin E, vitamin A, copper, and manganese.

Whole wheat flour * unlike refined flour, whole wheat flour has more B vitamins, fiber, folic acid, calcium, zinc, phosphorous, copper, and iron. Whole grains reduce your risk for diabetes and have also been linked to weight loss and maintaining a lower BMI.

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19 responses to “Yes Woman

  1. You are so right. We have one life to live and I think it’s really important to just ‘Enjoy the Moment.’ I tend to obsess about the past and worry too much about the future. I ‘try’ to think positively and embrace what I’m currently going through (school, relationships, etc.), but it’s definitely hard.
    This post reminded me that being “happy” is crucial. As you said, experiencing new things, exploring new places, and meeting new people are priceless. Thanks for the great post, and have a great week!

  2. Great post! I am definitely someone who plans everything and is not spontaneous at all so I am envious of you! I want to be like you when I grow up ;)

    Those muffins look DARLING!!

  3. Really good thoughts. And those muffins….so amazing looking. Wish I lived next door to you? Need a roomie?

  4. spoonfulofsugarfree

    Amen, lady. Exactly why I am choosing to go to a college where I can enjoy my four yrs and do everything I want to without killing myself with studies :P

  5. haha i like how you said “pero c’est la vie” nice mix of spanish and french.. if you wanted it to be all french it would be “mais, c’est la vie”… sorry for being an obnoxious french nerd every other word that comes out of my mouth here is corrected tehe

  6. Aww, I love you, Lauren! You are so wise, my dear. I know you are going to have the most fulfilling life, and I think you said it best when you wrote, “but I don’t mind doing it slowly.” There’s no rush – live your life in a way that allows you to enjoy each and everyday.

  7. p.s. the muffins look incredible. I bet this recipe would work just fine with some GF flour, too. :)

  8. ahhh this is an amazing post! i love love love your attitude, and it’s one i’d like to adopt more as well – being more willing to take risks, to be more flexible, to not plan things, to just go with the flow and seize more opportunities. i think it’s an awesome idea to take some time off before grad school – in fact, as much as i do want to go to grad school, i know i need a break before that!! girl, i seriously cant wait to meet you! sounds like you had an amazing week!

    ps. is the title of this post a reference to the yes men????

  9. I love how positive you are about taking it slow. There really is no need to rush. You don’t want to miss out on life — you’re still young and you have to balance work and play! Overworking yourself is just as bad as totally blowing it off, and I can tell you understand that. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
    Thanks for the muffin recipe too!! Don’t forget about the benefits of pecans — some healthy fat and antioxidants!

  10. I was loving EVERYTHING about this post until you said calculus hahaha. I haven’t even looked at a calculus problem since high school. And luckily I was able to avoid math throughout college until I started tutoring high school algebra/geometry/trig this past year…. yikes :) haha

    And you’re so right about everything. I love this post! Sounds like a fabulous week :)

  11. I watched you jump off a rope swing on Sunday. You are definitely a YES WOMAN! Go you!

  12. Those muffins look awesome! Seriously!

  13. Oh my gosh Lauren, no I hadn’t read this yet! That’s insane. Totally sharing brainwaves right now, seriously. LOVE this post though. And your life. Adventures everyday, THAT’s the way it should be. And I think taking time off and taking things a bit slow WILL be a great decision for you, I hope you do it! You’re a crazy smart woman and hard worker and there’s zero doubt you’ll be super successful and get everything done no matter how long you choose to take to do it. And you definitely shouldn’t hermit yourself in the process, think about all of the people that would miss getting to hang out with your awesome self?! I’ll bet you make so many friends’ days better by taking some of that free fun time to hang out with them and enjoy life. Woo for being a Yes woman!

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